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Public Life & Institutions Collection
Image: Model - Captain Cook's Cottage, Cyril Noisette, Icing, 1934
Source: Museum Victoria
The lives of all Victorians are shaped by organisational and institutional structures in the public sphere. Such structures are dynamic, always in the process of creation, redefinition, maintenance, and change.
While some individuals may have the opportunity to participate in the creation of some of these structures, and to influence their direction, others suffer under, negotiate with or react to them. Groups of people may then combine to bring about changes to the ways the structures operate and develop.
This collecting field is concerned with communal and institutional activities in the public sphere in Victoria since 1835. Material evidence generated as a result of particular forms of public, cultural, political and institutional activity in Victoria is collected to document distinctive forms of urban and regional life.
The collection focuses on the operation of particular structures at particular times, and also on the processes of change, continuity, reaction and adaptation. Sub-themes include celebrations and festivals; political history; charity and welfare; ritual and belief; and images and icons of Melbourne.
It also illustrates the events and patterns that help us define and understand Australian identity in all its complexity and diversity. A wide range of material has been gathered from many organisations and institutions, both active and inactive.
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One earthenware plate rim fragment. Transfer print is grey 'Rhine', probably manufactured in the latter part of the 19th century.Images: 1
Young boy and girl wearing fancy dress outfits, dressed as a bride and groom.Images: 1
A panoramic view of the crowd gathered for the official opening of the Gordon Swimming Pool and Public Park. The Ballarat Orphanage Band are among those at the event. One of a series of ...From: Gordon, Australia Images: 1
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1985 (AD) Issue number 215 Type 53 Mint: Brim Artist: Hafner Other Details: 2500 struck in brass and given to cust ...From: Frankston, Australia Images: 2
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a man was made in Krishnanagar province, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880, a ...From: Krishnanagar, India Images: 5
Medal awarded by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, 2nd prize for a full-bodied sweet white wine, awarded to Hans W.W. Irvine in 1889-90. Hans William Henry Irvine, born in Me ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1987 (AD) Issue number 293 Type 95 Mint: Hafner Other Details: 300 struck in brass and given to customers who purchas ...From: Eltham, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1987 (AD) Issue number 344 Type 123 Mint: Hafner Other Details: 1000 Australian and British pre-decimal pennies count ...From: Frankston, Australia Images: 2
Family group portrait. Olive Pitts and Linton Tuckfeild are seated.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
One rim fragment of an earthenware plate. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1